“Putting is like wisdom – partly a natural gift and partly the accumulation of experience.”
Cheered on by his Arnie’s Army of fairway fans, Arnold Palmer led the charge into golf’s TV era with his athletic charisma and aggressive swings. The son of a greenskeeper and later a club pro in Latrobe, Pa., Palmer played collegiately at Wake Forest University before hitting the PGA Tour, where his star rose rapidly upon winning the 1958 Masters tournament. He eventually would win 62 tour events (the fifth most ever), three more Masters, a pair of British Opens, and one US Open. All the while, he was competing against Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player in a friendly but fierce rivalry of golf’s Big Three. Today Palmer lives in Orlando, Fla., near his Bay Hill Country Club, where he hosts his annual Arnold Palmer Invitational. In 2004, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.